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Subject:  I want to know what kind of Rhinoceros beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Bear, DE
Date: 09/26/2021
Time: 12:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found the Rhinoceros   beetles 2days in a row at my yard. But I don’t know what kind of it. I’m so curious which Rhinoceros beetle they are.
I found the first one at 9/24. It was belly up when I found it. So I thought it was dead at first. But it actually moved slowly when I poked with a mulch stick. So I took it to the tree.
This one was dark brown on the left side and there were white point on the right side and head part.
The second one had more white base and brown connected dot design.
They were both cute. Then both had the blond bangs and it was so cool.
I wanna teach my son about that beetle. But I don’t know the name. So please teach me what kind of Rhinoceros beetle.
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Miso-sugar

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Miso-sugar,
The easiest way to avoid the confusion of duplicative common names that may differ from region to region is to call insects by their accepted scientific binomial name, and in the case of your submitted Rhinoceros Beetles, they are male
Dynastes tityus, a species with several different common names, though we most often call them Eastern Hercules Beetles.  According to BugGuide, other common names are “Rhinoceros Beetle, Unicorn Beetle” so your initial identification is also acceptable.  This species can be highly variable, and according to BugGuide they are described as:  “Huge size, greenish elytra with variable amounts of dark spots. Some are nearly black. Male has massive horns projecting forward from head and pronotum.”  This is the heaviest beetle in North America.

AKA: Rhinoceros Beetle

Another male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Subject:  Black beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwest New Mexico
Date: 09/21/2021
Time: 11:03 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We found these insects while hiking in the Gila National Forest, Saddle Rock Canyon; 10 miles NW of Silver City. There were hundreds of them on the desert willows – many were mating on the trees. I apologize for the fuzzy image. I hope it’s clear enough for an identification.
How you want your letter signed:  Karen Nakakihara

Black Blister Beetle

Dear Karen,
This is a Black Blister Beetle,
Epicauta pensylvanica, and like many Blister Beetles, they appear seasonally in great numbers for a short period of time each year, with some years seeing far greater numbers.  According to BugGuide:  “Associated with Asteraceae, such as goldenrods and asters. May damage crops, such as beets, potatoes, tomatoes.”  The Black Blister Beetle is pictured on the New Mexico State University website.

Subject:  Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Arizona
Date: 09/20/2021
Time: 11:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this bug can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  Mr.Shannon Meehl

Longicorn: Megacyllene antennata

Dear Mr. Shannon Meehl,
We recieved an image of this species of Longicorn back in 2016 and Eric Eaton helped us identify it as
Megacyllene antennata. According to BugGuide it feeds on “mesquite (and catclaw?).”  We cannot say for certain why it was attracted to a Cannabis plant, but we will be sure to tag it to include it with other insects found on marijuana.

Subject:  What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  SE Kansas
Date: 09/10/2021
Time: 04:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have been bitten by something that has turned to serious outcome. These bugs were all over my marigolds and I got my hands in there and shook them out the same day I acquired a bite.  They returned the next day so I took a pic.
How you want your letter signed:  Jackie N

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Dear Jackie,
The angle of your image is not ideal for identification purposes, but we believe this is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle.

OK.  There were also goldenrods but this bug was different from them.  I sure do appreciate you answering my inquiry.  It’s crazy but it’s a rarity that people do that anymore.  Thank you much.

Subject:  Insect ID Please
Geographic location of the bug:  Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Date: 09/11/2021
Time: 07:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This insect was seen on 9/11/21 in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Can you tell me what it is, please? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Bugman

Railroad Worm

We never tire of posting good images of Railroad Worms or Glowworms.  Glowworms are bioluminescent.

Subject:  Longhorn what?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia Canada
Date: 09/13/2021
Time: 09:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Was on my deck, snapped a photo. Unsure what kind of longhorned beetle this is.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Scott

Balsam Fir Sawyer

Dear Scott,
Based on this image from BugGuide, we are pretty certain this is a Balsam Fir Sawyer,
Monochamus marmorator.  In researching this identification, we discovered a misidentified Longicorn on our site that we originally identified as a Balsam Fir Sawyer.